In a destination that offers a wide variety of countries, climates, traditions and activities, we thought you might like some help in deciding what items should make your ultimate packing list for South America and why.
Encompassing so many different climates and opportunities for adventure, it is important to be well prepared. Keeping this in mind, our top tip when it comes to clothing is layers! We highly recommend packing T-shirts, lightweight shirts and a rain-resistant jacket, as well as comfortable walking pants. For those nights out on the town where you don’t want to look like just another tourist; throw in a nice scarf, a smarter shirt or skirt to dress things up.
If you’re planning on trekking, our South American Travel Specialist, Gisel, also recommends getting a pair of seriously comfortable hiking boots. Make sure you have worn them in before you leave, and don’t forget a couple of pairs of nice thick socks to wear with them!
Although it is best to leave as many valuables as you can at home, you will inevitably end up having to carry items such as passports and money. The best way to carry these is in a money belt or travel pouch. Furthermore, make sure anything of value such as watches and jewellery are not on display, as these can make you an easier target for thieves.
Often overlooked, bags can make or break your trip. Don’t have this trip be the time a wheel on your suitcase breaks, or the time the zipper jams. Certainly don’t let it be the time you run out of room and have to buy another suitcase, either!
These are our top tips for what bags to bring when travelling to South America:
South America has some magnificent peaks, offering breathtaking views and unfortunately at times, altitude sickness. As a precaution, we recommend bringing along altitude sickness pills. If you don’t get sick, great, and if you do, you’ll be very glad you brought them! Some other things we recommend bringing include:
There are a few things you absolutely cannot forego on your trip to this stunning continent! Before you leave ensure that:
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